Why your Future Fridge might be the reason of shutting down half of the Internet last night?
Last night, Internet had one of the worst DDoS attacks, caused many major services to go down, we’re talking about almost half of the internet, The attack targeted DynDns, one of the biggest Internet performance management company hosting major services like Twitter, Amazon, GitHub, Soundcloud, Spotify & Reddit. which were all down for a couple of hours
The DDoS Attacks concept is very simple, I agree you might got an impression it’s a quality material type of Mr Robot dramatic tech attacks, but it’s way too simpler, which will make you wonder how this was able to take down half of the Internet
What is DDoS attacks?
DDoS is a type of DOS attack where multiple compromised systems, which are often infected with a Trojan, are used to target a single system causing a Denial of Service (DoS) attack (Wikipedia)
Basically there is a malware, it’s job is to try to infect any device connected to the internet, then start to send multiple random requests to the same network using the infected device, with this happening from many infected devices, the system starts to not being able to handle all those fake requests, which cause delaying in the service for the other real users, then in most of the cases the service goes down at the end
What is the relevance of fridges with the attack?
As mentioned above, the malware usually attack any device connected to the internet, not just computers, tablets & mobile, and with the IoT new trend as the next future, with everything having the wifi option so you can control it through Internet, from VDRs & Tvs to Fridges & washing machines to toasters & blenders
So last night malware targeted those devices, they are easy to hack with most of them protected by factory default or hard-coded usernames and passwords, because who thought of setting a hard password for his fridge so no one can hack it?
“No one thought they gonna hack their Fridges, the plot twist is that they use their Fridges to attack the whole web”